Recently it was Independence Day here in Ukraine where I have lived for the past 16 months. Ukraine was celebrating their 20th year of independence. All the museums were open and free and there was a free concert in the park where the flowers gardens were ablaze with color. Nature is abundant in Poltava and honored by blue and yellow on the Ukrainian flag which represents blue skies over golden wheat fields It’s amazing how lush and thick the vegetation is and I am told it flourishes because of the rich black earth. .
Apricot, pear, and apple trees are everywhere. Right now the walnut trees are laden with walnuts. It reminds me of when I was a child and in the fall we would go into the forest to collect walnuts then we would all sit around and hull them for my grandmother to store for the winter. We are coming into harvest time here in Ukraine and people come back from the villages with buckets of fresh vegetables to sell at the market or display for sale along the sidewalk. The weather is now cool and leaves have already begun to turn brownish yellow. I noticed shriveled dried leaves floating softly to the ground as I walked along the cobble stone street. Summer is fast fading as is the sunlight. Summer is celebrated and treasured here in Poltava since the winter skies are gray and void of sunshine.